Month: January, 2015
Most people, including me, assume that snow-covered roads are no place for a sports car. While that may be the case for some vehicles, the rear-wheel drive 2015 Jaguar F-Type is putting that myth to rest a bit. Journalists from NY Daily News took out the F-Type for a three-day trip around the northeast, and what they expected to be a unnerving trip was actually very relaxing and more than enough to impress them.
The F-Type Outfitted for Snow
To be fair the journalists weren’t operating a standard F-Type straight out of the factory. The car received a single modification, a pair of Blizzak snow tires. The tires are designed to be more pliable in cold temperatures and has deeper more aggressive tread for biting into snowy roadways effectively. This slight change was all that was needed to prepare this stunning sports car to charge down snowy back roads, that even some SUVs would be intimidated by.
How it Handles Snow
The journalists describe hitting their first powdery roadways as an unnerving experience, and they had momentary regrets, but once on the powder they realized just how capable the F-Type is. Once the dynamic drive is set to “Snow” the vehicle adjusts throttle and braking characteristics to help provide solid performance on roads that provide minimal traction. Overall the experience was described as uneventful. There were a few handling differences in snowy conditions, but they were minimal. Braking is dampened a bit, making it vital to start slowing down earlier. Steering is dulled a bit as well and more gradual cornering is necessary, but only to a slight degree.
What’s most surprising about the trip is that the 2015 Jaguar F-Type seems just as capable as most all-wheel drive sedans and SUVs in the snow. Maybe the credit should go to the Blizzak winter tires, but northern buyers should be aware of the fact that they don’t necessarily have to garage their little beauty all winter, but instead can bring it out to play with confidence.
Jaguar has confirmed that much of their F-Type lineup will also be available with all-wheel drive in the future. That modification promises even more sure-footed handling than the rear-wheel drive vehicle has, but surprisingly it isn’t necessary. Northern drivers who plan to operate the vehicle in the snow on a yearly basis would probably want to spring for the upgrade, but for the occasional drive in the snow the rear-wheel setup is more than enough.
With 380 HP on tap and its lightweight and aerodynamic body the F-Type is still a sports car at heart, but it’s not as limited as most people would assume. The vehicle is just as capable as most sedans and even many of the trucks and SUVs when it comes to inclimate weather, and that sells us on it even more than it’s sexy lines and curvy appeal.
Jaguar’s been in business since 1922 and over all that time they’ve built countless vehicles but never ventured into the world of the SUV, until now that is. For the first time the automaker is developing an SUV for their customers, and this has some experts asking if the move will cannibalize their sales from partner company Land Rover.
No Need to Worry About Losing Customers
According to careful research conducted by the Tata Group of India, the owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, not only will the new Jag SUV not steal customers form Land Rover, but most of the sales that this vehicle is capable of making will result from stealing customers away from competitors instead. This is essentially free money for the company and they are probably kicking themselves for not making the move sooner, or at least they will be if they pull it off successfully.
The reason that Jaguar and Land Rover won’t compete with one another with this new SUV is because they cater to very different customer bases. The Land Rover is known for being one of the most rugged vehicles out there, and outdoorsy types love to pick them up. The Jaguar SUV won’t be built for off-roading and will be nabbed by city-dwellers interested in a more family-friendly form of sporty, luxurious transportation.
Offers Classy Styling and Expected to Be Powerful
If the F-PACE looks anything like the C-X17 concept vehicle it’s based on it will be quite a classy looking ride. The concept crossover is streamlined and features a color that pops. The F-PACE is likely to follow a similar design scheme, creating a very fast looking SUV that’s lightweight and fun to drive. Drivers will want something that’s clearly a Jaguar, while offering more space than the typical vehicle does. This is likely what Jaguar is going to shoot for with their production.
Of course the interior of the Jaguar is going to be luxuriously appointed. It will likely have leather or a very high quality suede material used for upholstery. The C-X17 concept shows off a futuristic interior with touchscreen controls, a massive control knob and plenty of LEDs to light up the interior, but with as many features as there are packed into the cab it still manages to look very streamlined and clear like most Jag interiors and that’s a trend that I’m sure they will continue to build on.
No word about the power source has been released yet, but we expect it to include the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that was received so well in the flagship XJL sedan. The engine produces 340 HP and delivers it in such a smooth and snappy way that it can’t help but being fun to operate.
The F-PACE is expected to go on sale in 2016 and more information is likely to be released throughout 2015 as Jaguar continues development on their first SUV. It’s an exciting concept and should be something worth looking forward to.
In just a few short weeks Cadillac fans will have the opportunity to set their eyes upon the most powerful production vehicle to date, produced by the automaker. The all-new Cadillac CTS-V. This little powerhouse represents the pinnacle of Cadillac production to date, and is the track version of Cadillac’s highly-coveted CTS model. The vehicle is set to be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, that takes place between the 17th and 25th of January.
About the 2016 CTS-V
The CTS-V is known as the most powerful production car that Cadillac has ever built. It will come equipped with a 6.2 liter V-8 that produces a massive 640 horsepower and manages to keep torque figures up to an impressive 630 lb.-ft.
The car will travel from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds, and can travel at up to 200 miles per hour, a speed that beats out many of its German competitors easily. The 2016 CTS-V is at the top level of auto production and should be able to keep up with many of the top tier automakers while surpassing many of them. This version of the CTS-V is expected to be about 135 pounds lighter than the previous model, while offering close to 100 HP more to the buyer. That should result in noticeable performance improvements to the one behind the wheel.
On top of the improved power, the latest version of the CTS-V also comes with a bigger grille as well as a heightened hood vent to bring in additional cool air to help keep the engine cooled and provide air to that meaty supercharger.
This four door luxury sedan will provide enough space for four people to sit comfortably. It comes with a range of different options and is expected to start around $75,000 making it a pretty affordable luxury sedan for the well-off looking for the best car to ride around in. It brings both style and speed together, creating a very compelling vehicle overall.
Cadillac is working very hard to begin producing top-level luxury vehicles that rival some of the best in the industry, and the V-series cars should help them along the way. Each of these track-ready versions of well-known Caddys have a lot more bite than you would expect, and know how to keep up with some of the best vehicles in the industry.